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Your Days Are Numbered: The maths of death

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Your Days Are Numbered: The maths of death

From the award winning stand-up comedy show Your Days Are Numbered: The maths of death this film explores the dark yet funny side of the statistics which often inform health campaigns. Comedy double act Timandra Harkness and Matt Parker cut through the daily dose of stats and facts prescribed to us all with clinical precision, animated skeletons and the obligatory graphs. Be warned, there is 0.00000979% chance of dying during this film. This film is part of the channel’s biomedical science series supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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Stephanie said:

I don’t know quite what to make of this film, I loved it’s light take on death and it cheered me up because I am one of those people that woory about death. This film made me realise that there is nothing you can do to prevent death and to stop over- analysing all the facts and figures. Yes it is sad that several sociable habits leads to a shorter life span than being completely abstienent but at the end of the day that is what we stll fight for today, free choice and it does show that all these laws can’t save everyone and some are just stupid. Some alchol can help your body but it depends on the type and quality, a good red wine has all sorts of natural oils and minerals and if you have a glass every night it improves your health, but you cant live your life that like. I think the best we can do to avoid death is to enjoy life and if you do that then you won’t worry about death because you lived life to the full

Damy said:

Very intresting, to know with figures, death occurance could be predicted. But with the funny aspect aside, its a fact that within a second anything could occur in human life that could cause death. The graphics been used did help the message been put across and made it more understandable. Question is should we be over concious of how we live our life and should be just expect the unexpected. In the end the film is quite informative and love it

Caz said:

If I watch this film more than once, do my chances of 0.00000979% of dying whilst watching increase?
Made me smile and I think the graphics certainly help to emphasise our chances of death…in a light-hearted way.

diana E said:

It takes much more than some numbers to actually scare people into not doing something.

Smoking is the best example. No matter how horrible and frightening the pictures are on a cigarette pack, no matter how big the SMOKING KILLS warning on the pack,…..people would still happily light up a fag and smoke it with their friends in the lunch break.

We probably are a society of optimists….always looking only at the bright side of things: smoking and drinking are habits that bring people together, coffee gives you a great energy boost, junk food is always easier to prepare than healthy meals and often tastier as well.

Instead of concentrating on statistics they should improve the life standard.
Happy people are more likely to have the energy to quit their unhealthy habits.

Okin said:

OK so stats just make us paranoid and risk aversion has become hysterical but should we never want ‘evidence’ or is it just that we should consider what we want and how we want to live first then decide things for ourselves. Afterall noone actually wants to die except suicidal people and those with incurable illnesses & great pain.

Jenny P said:

What about the risk of falling into an empty grave wandering around a church yard-thats well dodgey if you ask me-my sister fell in one when we were kids and we didn’t find her for a day.

Cecile said:

Statistics are just stupid… this is just to have an idea. Idea of numbers ? This is a race of numbered as we do with money.

Marion said:

I shall be so much more chilled when i read the scary headlines of health campaigns. I can’t believe that we are actually treated like children but more to the point fed untruths. This is a breathe of fresh air and did make me giggle.

Petra said:

Loving the motion graphics, really works well with the tongue in cheek but ever so factual message of ‘chill out and live a lot!’

Jeremy said:

How interesting, for men especially it is actually beneficial to drink alcohol, so why has the governmnet slapped supermarkets for selling alcohol cheaply! And anyway, as the film points out, is it really the busines of the government and their army of policy makers to tell us how to live our lives. I don’t think it is, and the slow but significant ways our choices of lifestyle is being taken away is actually a serious point. Well worth a watch this and I for one will try and these two on tour as guessing this is just a taster.

Stacey said:

Loved this, made me smile whilst packing a punch about the endless claims, no, lies, that this will kill you, that is wrong. Using statistics as a kind of moral absolute is the most sickening thing so really glad to see it being put in its place.

Daniel Geoffries said:

I’ve often thought suspiciously about statistics and how they are abused. Apparently 76.5% of people are just like me (are you not amused?)

Faisal B said:

Statistics are brilliant – I can’t wait to see the show, it sound like you turn the government and media upside down. Ha ha ha ha

Georgina 'the Spanner' Watts said:

You could prevent several gruesome and unnecessarily violent deaths each year by banning people from looking at me in a funny way!